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Meet a 2022 School Teacher of the Year: Tara Costello of Indian Knoll ES!

Posted On: Saturday, September 17, 2022

Indian Knoll- Tara Costello

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2022 Indian Knoll Elementary School Teacher of the Year Tara Costello!

As a child, Indian Knoll Elementary School Teacher of the Year Tara Costello’s extended family experienced many challenging times.

Murder, abuse and suicide of loved ones are among the experiences she lived through as a child.

As a mom, Ms. Costello lived through the experience of her daughter struggling with medical and learning challenges at an early age.

These experiences, she said, strengthened her empathy for the students she teaches and supports.  Her students, their families and her colleagues agree.  

“My family considers Mrs. Costello a blessing,” shared a colleague, whose son was in Ms. Costello’s fourth-grade class.  “From day one, she creates an environment within her classroom that fosters learning and opportunities to learn from mistakes.”  Her son not only grew stronger academically as a result, she said, but also was “forever impacted through her compassion for his total well-being.”

A 15-year educator, Ms. Costello also is known for her skill in creating engaging hands-on lessons, from dissecting owl pellets to growing mold terrariums.  This year, she is teaching AIM Gifted program classes, spreading her innovation and empathy across all grade levels.   

In her own words: “A teacher should strive to be the best she can be each and every day with no regrets.  A teacher should forge impactful, learning relationships with students.  A teacher should take pride in her work every day, knowing that everything she does changes every child’s life.”

Special thanks to our 2022 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration's Presenting Sponsors: Cherokee County Educational Foundation, Credit Union of Georgia, Northside Hospital Cherokee and Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Canton. 

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